Silence, Solitude, Solidarity, Service
"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer.
The members of Contemplative Outreach of Greater Wichita, Kansas seek the living tradition of the contemplative Christian heritage through the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating and others. We offer and recommend prayer groups, retreats and events that support the contemplative life in the midst of ordinary life.
Centering Prayer is based on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matt: 6:6): "...But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you."
It is also inspired by writings of major contributors to the Christian contemplative heritage including the Desert Fathers and Mothers, John Cassian, Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux and Thomas Merton.
The method is taken from the 14th Century book, The Cloud of Unknowing, written by an anonymous Carthusian monk.
Events, Retreats, Workshops
Fr. Carl Arico Retreat: "Is Your Yes a Yes or a Maybe?"
Saturday, February 17 at Avila University in Kansas City
We welcome the beloved Fr. Carl Arico to Kansas City to share the power of consent and the challenge of staying faithful. This is a unique opportunity to sit at the feet of Fr. Carl, endearing, captivating and legendary in his wise, humorous and humble sharing. The retreat includes two periods of Centering Prayer and a Praying of the Scriptures. A balance of silence/presentation/prayer and practice will provide rhythm for these Lenten days in this tranquil retreat setting.
Resources: Learn the Prayer of Silence
Where to Pray
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